BABY ADELAIDE IS HERE!

My twin sister had her bundle of joy! Her baby girl made her way into the world on August 12, 2018 at 5:08 AM. I was there for the birth, and I am so thankful that my sister & brother-in-law let me be apart of their special day.

Little Adelaide is just so beautiful & precious. I was able to spend the first week of her life with her, but sadly my 3-week stay in Southern California has come to an end. It’s time for me to go home, but I will be seeing her in October!

She is the very first grand-child on our side of the family,  so it’s a huge deal! My sister had such a good labor & delivery that I’m crossing my fingers that I follow in her footsteps, haha! Wouldn’t that be great? I am still in awe of her strength & her composure during the whole labor & delivery process. SHE IS A CHAMPION. Women are truly amazing!

I can’t believe in just under 4 months I’ll be welcoming my own child into the world. It hasn’t fully registered yet. I’m so anxious & nervous! Little Addie is such a sweet precious angel, that I know it’ll be worth all the pain & anxiety. Congratulations to my sister & brother-in-law, they made one gorgeous girl. I can’t wait to watch her grow!

 

a much needed break.

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged! I’ve been swamped with school/homework/studying/finals. I am so glad to be done with another semester. Two more semesters & I’ll be a college graduate. I’m looking forward to it so much! This semester wasn’t that interesting, most of the classes I took were boring. The only thing I care about is passing them, and getting one step closer to graduation! (phew!)

There’s a couple big changes happening in the near future! The first one being, we are moving again. That’s always a pain in the butt, because I have to start packing and organizing everything. I loathe moving, but I’ve done it so many times I’m basically a pro! I’m moving out of the current city I live in, and I’m looking forward to being in a new area to explore! I’m still in Northern California, and won’t be moving from the Bay Area until I’m done with college, most likely. Next is: my twin sister’s baby shower is happening in under 3 weeks! I cannot wait to share photos! I just ordered her cake from this cute bakery in Los Angeles, I’ve gotten all the cute Etsy baby shower decorations delivered, and I already have my outfit planned! I’m so ready for this big day & to shower my sister with love.

Since my sister is due in August, and I’m not taking summer school classes this year, I’m planning on spending a few weeks with my sister and brother-in-law! I haven’t spent good quality time with her in so long, since we both live 6 hours away from one another. I want to help her with the finishing touches of baby girl’s nursery, go on target/tjmaxx trips together, watch movies, and possibly go to prenatal yoga with her! (so fun!)

Next post should be about the baby shower! I hope everyone has a good rest of their week! Any big life changes happening in your life? Anything exciting going on this summer?

 

xo

 

HELLO APRIL!

Happy April! Spring is here, the trees are blooming, and my allergies are going NUTS. I have allergies year round, but these past couple of days it’s been so bad. The pollen from the blooms are making my eyes so itchy, ugh. I’m hoping it’ll get better.

Anyway, a couple weekends ago my sisters and our significant others went to Roaring Camp Railroads, in Felton. It was so beautiful, it was my first time there. It’s right next to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, which has beautiful trails to hike on! If you’re ever in the area, I recommend checking it out.

I love being able to spend time with my sisters, especially since my twin sister lives 6 hours away from me. Luckily my little sister is only 1 hour away! So whenever we get together, we always have such a fun time. All of us get along so well, and I hope sometime in the near future we can all live a little bit closer.

 

It’s a new month, what are some goals you have? I would love to start going on daily walks, or  hitting 10,000 steps daily. I think this is a pretty reasonable goal for myself. Eat more fruits & veggies. Drink more water & cut down on caffeine. <—- that will be super hard for me! I’m a big coffee drinker, and have at least 2 cups/day. But I’d like to cut it down to 1 cup/day. Wish me luck!

I hope everyone has a wonderful month ahead! I am literally counting down the days until Spring semester is done and over with: 1 month & 15 days! Haha! There’s so much to look forward to these upcoming months, I’m very excited. I’ll be planning/hosting my sister’s baby shower, hanging out with family, and weekend trips. Talk to you guys soon!

 

MY TWIN SISTER IS PREGNANT: I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!

Happy March! This past weekend I went down to Southern California to visit my twin sister, her husband, and my parents. I never mentioned it on my blog, but she’s pregnant with her first child! I AM SO EXCITED & HAPPY. I can’t even explain! I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT! This will be the first grand-child for my parents, so it’s a huge deal.

So the reason for the visit was to find out the gender of the baby. Everyone made bets on what the baby would be, and I was 100% sure the baby would be a boy! But baby Hurst is a…. GIRL! My sister and I went to Target after finding out (of course!), and I had to buy her a little outfit to commemorate the occasion! She is due August, so she’ll be a little summer baby. They already have a name picked out, but won’t share it until she’s born, which I think is a good idea just incase they change their mind!

Everyone is overjoyed! It’s unreal to think that in just 5 short months baby Hurst will be here. I can’t wait to hold her. This is a big life change for everyone, but we are so ready to start this new chapter.

 

 

Some things I’m looking forward to?

-Seeing Vicky’s belly grow bigger

-Feeling the baby move

-Planning her baby shower

-Being present for the birth

-Holding baby girl for the first time

I’m a pretty emotional person, so I know the first time I’ll look into her eyes, I’m going to bawl. The next baby related post will be her baby shower, or things I want to buy the baby! Stay tuned, I’m officially THAT AUNT now. HA!

 

 

xo

10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME:

The end of February is finally here. This month flew by for me. It was probably one of the worst months I’ve had since the new year started. I’ve been feeling very stressed out + overwhelmed lately. Things that have to do with my personal life, and with school. Sometimes I feel like it’s never-ending, and I wonder when I’ll be able to catch a break from feeling this way. I’m happy to say BYE to February, but I want to have a positive mindset for March.

So to end February on a good note, I wanted to do a “10 things you didn’t know about me” post. Maybe you’ll learn something new about me, either way here it goes…

ONE: I have 3 siblings: 1 older brother, 1 Fraternal twin sister, and one younger sister.

TWO: When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a Teacher. When I was in middle school I wanted to be an Actress (that was short lived). In high school I changed my mind from News Anchor to Nurse or something to do in Advertising. (I guess you can say I was very indecisive with choosing a distinct career path- can you say TOO MUCH PRESSURE?) What did I ultimately choose? Marketing. I want to have a job where I have the option to work from home. (ha!)

THREE: My dream job? To be a published writer.

FOUR: INFJ personality.

FIVE: I have loved Leonardo DiCaprio since I was 5 years old. Not even joking. He will always be my number one crush. (does anyone not know this already???)

SIX: My first job was being a Carhop for Sonic Drive-In. I fell on my skates too many times to count, so embarrassing! (my twin sister and I both got hired together)

SEVEN: I collect books. Any chance I see a bookstore, I’ll want to go inside.

EIGHT: I studied abroad in Paris a year ago & fell madly in love with traveling and Europe. I did a solo-trip through Italy. (a life highlight/one of my proudest moments, thus far)

NINE: I’m a hopeless romantic, but still very much a realist. Yes, you can be both.

TEN: I have six tattoos. One of them is my grandmother’s birth year. I want more!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. Midterms here I come….

xo

 

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR: 2018!

As I reflect on 2017, it has been one hell of a year for me. 2017 started off with me leaving to my study abroad program in Paris (Jan-May). I traveled to so many beautiful places in Europe {it truly was a dream come true}. It was my very first time traveling alone, living alone, and focusing entirely on myself. I pushed myself completely out of my comfort zone, and there were many proud moments. I am so grateful for the experiences and life lessons of 2017.

When I got back from Paris (late May), I decided to give love a second chance, after 6 months of being apart. We are making our way to Maui in just a few days, and I’m curious/excited to see where our relationship goes this year.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 holds for me. I know it’s going to be a year full of big changes. I should be graduating college the end of this year, which is something I’m ecstatic/nervous about! It also might be my last year of living in the Bay Area, which is so bittersweet to even think about. Who knows! I’ve noticed you can try to plan.plan.plan every aspect of life out, but most of the time things don’t go as expected {which isn’t always a bad thing}

A goal of 2018 is to travel as much as I can. I know this is so cliché  because who DOESN’T want to travel?? Obviously it’s on everyone’s list of things to do! Whether it’s a day trip, weekend trip, or full-blown vacay- I want see new places. My top 3 International picks: Iceland, Greece, Switzerland. My top 3 U.S. cities: South Carolina, Chicago, Maine.

I want to do well in school, and I want to continue my fitness journey. Possibly signing up for spinning classes or barre classes, eat cleaner, and work on my body confidence. Since I have Prolactinoma it’s SO much harder to lose weight. It’s frustrating beyond belief but it’s my reality, sadly. So with that being said, I want to lose a good 20-30 lbs, but I need to continue to search and find what works best for me, since I do have this condition.

I hope everyone had an amazing & safe NYE! I celebrated in SF, had some drinks & watched fireworks from Russian Hill. It was such a nice night. Happy New Year!  What is something you’re proud about in 2017? What is something you’re looking forward to in 2018?

I’ll see you guys in a few weeks, going on vacay! Follow my instagram: krystalinthecity for Maui pics!

 

xo

WINTER BREAK READING LIST:

Winter break is just around the corner & I’ve already got my reading list ready. I’ve got two Christmas theme books {which I’m super excited about!} Last winter (January 2017) I read “Christmas in Paris” while I was in Paris & it was beyond magical. Although I won’t be in London reading Anita Hughes’ new book, I’m super excited about it because I was in London earlier this year! It was such a beautiful city & I cannot wait until I can go back. {sorry I went on a little tangent} I just really like reading books set in places that I’ve recently traveled to! It’s so fun.

Do you have any books you want to read this winter? Anything you would recommend to me?

  1. Christmas in London by Anita Hughes

 

2. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

 

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

 

 

4. A Wedding In Provence by Ellen Sussman

 

 

xo

 

CHRISTMAS WISHLIST:

Here are a few things on my Christmas list!

 

SCOOTER KEYCHAIN Rifle Paper CO.

 

 

FIVE YEAR JOURNAL KEEPSAKE Rifle Paper CO.

 

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIP LUSTRE LUXE COLOR-LASTING LIP LACQUER in color High Society

 

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY INSTANT EYE PALETTE

 

 

 

CLEO SUNGLASSES by Warby Parker

 

 

 

 

LOWA RENEGADE GTX MID HIKING BOOTS from REI

 

 

 

 

MARINA BEACH ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT by Kate Spade

 

 

 

CHAMPAGNE GLITTER IPHONE CASE by Kate Spade

 

 

What are some things on your list?

xo

2 YEARS OF BLOGGING!

LAST WEEK WAS KRYSTAL IN THE CITY’S 2nd BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY!

Two years of consistently blogging has been such a huge accomplishment! I didn’t have any expectations starting this blog- I just wanted to do it as a creative outlet. I love writing, it’s such a passion of mine. I enjoy writing about all sorts of things: my favorite restaurants in the city, my traveling experiences, fashion, product reviews and even sometimes about my personal life.

So to those of you who’ve read and commented on my blog- thank you. I appreciate you stopping by, and taking the time out of your day to read my blog posts. It really does make my day!

I’m almost done with the semester, I wrap things up on the 19th of December, and at this point it really couldn’t come sooner. I’m stressed out- so much to do because it’s the home stretch. So I’m trying to stay on top of all my assignments, so I can pass my classes and graduate next fall. Fingers crossed!!

I think December is going to be an exciting blog month! I have so many ideas planned: Christmas wish list, winter break book list, vacation must-do’s in Maui (because I’m going there in January!!!), and more! So stick around…

xo

 

 

 

*all photos are my own, taken in Santa Cruz, Ca.

HELLO NOVEMBER.

Hi everyone!

Kind of sad to say goodbye to October- it wasn’t a very festive Halloween for me, as I had class ALL DAY LONG (and night), so that was a bummer. But, I told myself next year I am definitely dressing up (already have a costume in mind) and I’m going to be more festive! Life is too short not to be. Right?

November is going to be a great month! First off, it’s my TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BLOGGING (yay! blog post coming soon), my furbaby Lola Mae is turning 9 years old, and it’ll be Thanksgiving!

What have I been up to? Well ten days ago, I started this program called WHOLE 30. I am not sponsored, I just wanted to tell you my experience. If you have no idea what Whole 30 is, or what I’m talking about- I highly suggest you googling it & going on the website. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT IT IS.

I’ve cut out alcohol, grains, sugar, legumes, dairy, and soy products. It’s been HARD. I have 20 days left, which leaves me literally right before Thanksgiving day. Eeek! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you would know that I have Prolactinoma & that I struggle with losing weight. It’s almost impossible to lose 1 pound. So- I thought I would give this a shot. I’ve never cut anything out of my diet before, so I am eager to see how my body will do. Ten days in and I’m still trying to get over the hump of my body adjusting. I have cravings, but I’m staying strong. If anyone has done this before, I’d love to know your story! I will come back and tell you how much weight I lost/how I feel after my 30 days are complete. We aren’t supposed to step on the scale- but I have and I already lost 4 lbs. YES!! So that’s amazing to know, and I’m super motivated.

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week.

xo